The People’s Rule: An Interview With Saleh Muslim, Part I + II
The People’s Rule: An Interview With Saleh Muslim, Part I
27 February 2014 / Carnegie Endowment for Peace
In 2003, Saleh Muslim Mohammed was a founding member of the Democratic Union Party, better known by its Kurdish acronym PYD, which is the largest Kurdish party in Syria. In 2010, he was elected party chairman. When the PYD established a gender-balanced double chairpersonship in 2012, he continued as one of two co-chairs alongside his female counterpart, Asya Abdullah.
Knocking On Every Door: An Interview With Saleh Muslim, Part II
28 February 2014 / Carnegie Endowment for Peace
The PYD says it supports a negotiated transition, but it boycotted the Geneva II conference for peace in Syria. Why?
We wanted to go, but . . . [those organizing the conference] didn’t allow us. If you invite somebody to come, you have to invite them in accordance with their identity. We would like to go there identified as Kurdish people, saying that the delegation has one member of the Kurdish people representing the Kurds. But they didn’t allow us to do this. But we are ready to join Geneva II or Geneva III anytime—as soon as they accept the Kurdish being.